Lifelong friend, April Myers, had been a vegetarian for over twenty-years, but suffered from quite a few chronic illnesses during this time. She tried to maintain her health in the best way possible. Myers exercised regularly, attended yoga class twice a week, and was a volunteer of many communal functions. Still, Myers’ immune system was weak and illness often befell her.
After an unsuccessful journey of trying to bring her health back to life, Myers hired a nutritionist. The nutritionist reviewed copies of Myers’ health records and suggested that she change her diet to one that would compliment her blood type. This would mean that Myers, a 20-year vegetarian, would now begin eating red meat once again. After giving the nutritionist’s advice some thought, Myers reluctantly gave it a try. Over the next six months Myers’ health improved dramatically. Today, she is living a disease free life thanks to a Blood Type Diet. What is a Blood Type Diet and how does it compare to the life of the vegetarian?
Vegetarianism is an ancient practice. According to some sources the lifestyle is said to have originated in India during Vedic times. Recently, however, an article published by the Huffington Post, entitled, Ancient Egyptians Had Vegetarian Diet – Mummy Studies Shows, reveals a much older origin of meatless dieting that goes back as far as 3,500 B.C.
Vegetarianism is not pursued merely on the basis of health, but for moral, religious, and social reasons. Most vegetarians seek a higher good for benefit of their decision. According to studies by the Permanente Journal and the National Institute for Health, vegetarian diets are affordable and can help reduce health risks like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and cholesterol levels.
The Blood Type Diet was developed in recent years by naturopathic physician, Dr. Peter D’Adamo. It’s based on the idea that “knowing your blood type is an important tool for understanding how your body reacts to food, your susceptibility to disease, your natural reaction to stress, and so much more.” Different than the lifestyle of vegetarianism, the Blood Type Diet is practice strictly for reasons of health.
While the two different paths of eating may seem to conflict, it is possible for a vegetarian to incorporate aspects of the Blood Type Diet into their life by simply excluding the meats. But if a vegetarian were to pursue this line of reasoning then it can be said that they are not following the Blood Type Diet. Oh boy! A new dilemma in the world of health consciousness begins.